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June 12, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A guitarist for the rock band Motley Crue accidentally shot a female companion in the abdomen Friday afternoon while he was target shooting in a remote area of the Antelope Valley, west of Lancaster, authorities said. Mick Mars, 43, of Malibu, was not charged in the incident. His friend, Rebecca Mettling, 24, of Los Angeles, was treated for a minor wound and released at Antelope Valley Hospital Center in Lancaster, a nursing supervisor said.
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November 20, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teen-age boy was shot in the head by a close friend who apparently pointed a rifle at him in jest late Saturday, authorities said. Fred Gajeta, 17, was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center at 12:45 a.m Sunday. He was believed to be talking on the phone at his friend's home when he was fatally wounded.
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July 16, 1993
A struggle over a loaded gun between a man and his stepson left the stepson dead and the stepfather with multiple gunshot wounds Thursday, authorities said. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. in a second-floor apartment at 7254 Vassar Ave. in Canoga Park, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Al Sorkness said. The men were not identified. The younger man's mother was in the apartment next door when the shooting occurred, Sorkness said.
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August 16, 1994
An off-duty sheriff's deputy accidentally shot and killed a possibly intoxicated man who challenged him to a fight at a Rowland Heights restaurant, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday. Deputy Thomas Kirsch, 47, was in Whitney's Steak House, 19055 S. Colima Road, about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when another patron created a disturbance, said Deputy Rich Erickson. The patron, a 29-year-old Rowland Heights man who apparently had been drinking heavily, challenged Kirsch to a fight, Erickson said.
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July 16, 1993
A Los Angeles police detective accidentally fired his pistol while trying to take four purse-snatching suspects into custody and the spent bullet struck a man more than a block away without injuring him, a police spokesman said Thursday. Detective Paul Stewart was in an unmarked police car Wednesday afternoon when he heard a radio call describing men who snatched the purse of an elderly woman, Lt. William Hall said.
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August 16, 1994
An off-duty sheriff's deputy accidentally shot and killed a possibly intoxicated man who challenged him to a fight at a Rowland Heights restaurant, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday. Deputy Thomas Kirsch, 47, was in Whitney's Steak House, 19055 S. Colima Road, about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when another patron created a disturbance, said Deputy Rich Erickson. The patron, a 29-year-old Rowland Heights man who apparently had been drinking heavily, challenged Kirsch to a fight, Erickson said.
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November 20, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teen-age boy was shot in the head by a close friend who apparently pointed a rifle at him in jest late Saturday, authorities said. Fred Gajeta, 17, was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center at 12:45 a.m Sunday. He was believed to be talking on the phone at his friend's home when he was fatally wounded.
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September 18, 1993
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shot himself in the knee Friday after he slipped on a shooting range in Castaic, authorities said. Robert Smith, 36, was wounded shortly before 8 a.m. at a training range at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, sheriff's spokesman Gabe Ramirez said. Smith, a 13-year veteran of the department, was holding a 9-millimeter Beretta semiautomatic pistol when he slipped and fell backward, firing a bullet into his left knee, Ramirez said.
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January 2, 1994
A game of "cops and robbers" turned deadly when a 12-year-old boy using a loaded pistol shot a 6-year-old friend to death in a Diamond Bar house, sheriff's deputies said Saturday. Neither of the boys' names was released. "The older boy found the gun under a mattress and, apparently unaware the gun was real, incorporated it into the game and at some point discharged the weapon at the 6-year-old, striking him in the head and killing him," Deputy Rich Erickson said.
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February 10, 1990 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the midst of an altercation by patrons leaving Romeo's, a popular Pasadena club in the heart of Old Pasadena, a California Highway Patrol officer accidentally shot a police officer and a bouncer early Friday, authorities said. Seven people were arrested, five women and two men, on charges that included interfering with a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon and public intoxication. Police and witnesses were at a loss to explain the melee, involving at least 20 patrons of the club.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1994
A game of "cops and robbers" turned deadly when a 12-year-old boy using a loaded pistol shot a 6-year-old friend to death in a Diamond Bar house, sheriff's deputies said Saturday. Neither of the boys' names was released. "The older boy found the gun under a mattress and, apparently unaware the gun was real, incorporated it into the game and at some point discharged the weapon at the 6-year-old, striking him in the head and killing him," Deputy Rich Erickson said.
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September 18, 1993
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shot himself in the knee Friday after he slipped on a shooting range in Castaic, authorities said. Robert Smith, 36, was wounded shortly before 8 a.m. at a training range at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, sheriff's spokesman Gabe Ramirez said. Smith, a 13-year veteran of the department, was holding a 9-millimeter Beretta semiautomatic pistol when he slipped and fell backward, firing a bullet into his left knee, Ramirez said.
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July 16, 1993
A struggle over a loaded gun between a man and his stepson left the stepson dead and the stepfather with multiple gunshot wounds Thursday, authorities said. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. in a second-floor apartment at 7254 Vassar Ave. in Canoga Park, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Al Sorkness said. The men were not identified. The younger man's mother was in the apartment next door when the shooting occurred, Sorkness said.
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July 16, 1993
A Los Angeles police detective accidentally fired his pistol while trying to take four purse-snatching suspects into custody and the spent bullet struck a man more than a block away without injuring him, a police spokesman said Thursday. Detective Paul Stewart was in an unmarked police car Wednesday afternoon when he heard a radio call describing men who snatched the purse of an elderly woman, Lt. William Hall said.
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June 12, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A guitarist for the rock band Motley Crue accidentally shot a female companion in the abdomen Friday afternoon while he was target shooting in a remote area of the Antelope Valley, west of Lancaster, authorities said. Mick Mars, 43, of Malibu, was not charged in the incident. His friend, Rebecca Mettling, 24, of Los Angeles, was treated for a minor wound and released at Antelope Valley Hospital Center in Lancaster, a nursing supervisor said.
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February 10, 1990 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the midst of an altercation by patrons leaving Romeo's, a popular Pasadena club in the heart of Old Pasadena, a California Highway Patrol officer accidentally shot a police officer and a bouncer early Friday, authorities said. Seven people were arrested, five women and two men, on charges that included interfering with a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon and public intoxication. Police and witnesses were at a loss to explain the melee, involving at least 20 patrons of the club.
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